Double act

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A double act (also known as a comedy duo) is a form of comedy originating in the British music hall tradition, and American vaudeville, in which two comedians perform together as a single act.wikipedia
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Morecambe and Wise

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The format is particularly popular in the United Kingdom where successful acts have included Morecambe and Wise and The Two Ronnies but the tradition is also present in the United States with acts like Wheeler and Woolsey, Abbott and Costello, Gallagher and Shean, and Burns and Allen. In Britain, double acts were confined to theatres and radio until the late 1950s, when double acts such as Morecambe and Wise and Mike and Bernie Winters slowly began the transition to television on variety shows such as Sunday Night at the London Palladium.
Eric Morecambe (John Eric Bartholomew, 14 May 1926 – 28 May 1984) and Ernie Wise (Ernest Wiseman, 27 November 1925 – 21 March 1999), known as Morecambe and Wise (and sometimes as Eric and Ernie), were an iconic English comic double act, working in variety, radio, film and most successfully in television.

Abbott and Costello

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The format is particularly popular in the United Kingdom where successful acts have included Morecambe and Wise and The Two Ronnies but the tradition is also present in the United States with acts like Wheeler and Woolsey, Abbott and Costello, Gallagher and Shean, and Burns and Allen. Popular draws included acts like George Burns and Gracie Allen (who initially operated with Burns as the comic but quickly switched roles when Gracie's greater appeal was recognized), Abbott and Costello, Flanagan and Allen, Gallagher and Shean, and Smith and Dale.
Abbott and Costello were an American comedy duo composed of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, whose work on radio and in film and television made them the most popular comedy team of the 1940s and early 1950s.

Burns and Allen

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The format is particularly popular in the United Kingdom where successful acts have included Morecambe and Wise and The Two Ronnies but the tradition is also present in the United States with acts like Wheeler and Woolsey, Abbott and Costello, Gallagher and Shean, and Burns and Allen.
Burns and Allen was an American comedy duo consisting of George Burns and his wife, Gracie Allen.

Gallagher and Shean

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The format is particularly popular in the United Kingdom where successful acts have included Morecambe and Wise and The Two Ronnies but the tradition is also present in the United States with acts like Wheeler and Woolsey, Abbott and Costello, Gallagher and Shean, and Burns and Allen. Popular draws included acts like George Burns and Gracie Allen (who initially operated with Burns as the comic but quickly switched roles when Gracie's greater appeal was recognized), Abbott and Costello, Flanagan and Allen, Gallagher and Shean, and Smith and Dale.
Gallagher & Shean was a highly successful musical comedy double act on vaudeville and Broadway in the 1910s and 1920s, consisting of Ed Gallagher (1873–1929) and Al Shean (1868–1949); Shean was the maternal uncle of the Marx Brothers.

Richard Herring

Sometimes the straight man gets laughs through sarcastic reactions to the comic's antics, such as Stewart Lee's deadpan, reasoned reactions to Richard Herring's ridiculous antics in their pairing.
Richard Keith Herring (born 12 July 1967) is an English stand-up comedian and comedy writer whose early work includes the comedy double act Lee and Herring.

Flanagan and Allen

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Popular draws included acts like George Burns and Gracie Allen (who initially operated with Burns as the comic but quickly switched roles when Gracie's greater appeal was recognized), Abbott and Costello, Flanagan and Allen, Gallagher and Shean, and Smith and Dale.
Flanagan and Allen were a British singing and comedy double act popular during the 1930s and 1940s.

Laurel and Hardy

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Laurel and Hardy was a British-American comedy double act that has been described as the most popular in the world.
Laurel had expected the tour to be merely a pleasant interval before returning to London; however, he decided to remain in the U.S. In 1917, Laurel was teamed with Mae Dahlberg as a double act for stage and film; they were living as common law husband and wife.

Straight man

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One member of the duo — the "straight man", "feed", "dead wood", or stooge — is often portrayed as reasonable and serious, while the other one — the funny man, "banana man" or comic — is portrayed as funny, less educated or less intelligent, silly, or unorthodox.
The straight man is a stock character in a comedy performance, especially a double act, sketch comedy, or farce.

Carl Reiner

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Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner started their 2000 Year Old Man recordings and subsequent television appearances in 1961.
Reiner formed a comedy duo with Mel Brooks in "2000 Year Old Man" and acted in films such as The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966) and the Ocean's film series (2001–2007).

Mike and Bernie Winters

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In Britain, double acts were confined to theatres and radio until the late 1950s, when double acts such as Morecambe and Wise and Mike and Bernie Winters slowly began the transition to television on variety shows such as Sunday Night at the London Palladium.
Mike and Bernie Winters were English brothers who formed a comedy double act, consisting of Mike Winters, born Michael Weinstein (15 November 1926 – 24 August 2013) and Bernie Winters, born Bernard Weinstein (6 September 1930 – 4 May 1991).

Gracie Allen

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Popular draws included acts like George Burns and Gracie Allen (who initially operated with Burns as the comic but quickly switched roles when Gracie's greater appeal was recognized), Abbott and Costello, Flanagan and Allen, Gallagher and Shean, and Smith and Dale.
At a performance in 1922, Allen met George Burns and the two formed a comedy act.

Dudley Moore

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Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the traditional formula was shunned by The Two Ronnies, who completely dispensed with the need for a straight man, and Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, two Oxbridge-educated comedians who used the double act to deliver satire and edgy comedy.
The double act worked on other projects until the mid-1970s, by which time Moore had settled in Los Angeles to concentrate on his film acting.

Derek and Clive

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Although Mike and Bernie Winters's popularity declined, The Two Ronnies' success grew greatly while Peter Cook and Dudley Moore sporadically produced acclaimed work, in particular their controversial recordings as Derek and Clive from 1976 to 1978.
Derek and Clive was a double act of comedic characters created by Dudley Moore (Derek) and Peter Cook (Clive) in the 1970s.

Buddy film

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However, in 1940s America the double act remained a cinema draw, developing into the "buddy movie" genre, with Abbott and Costello making the transition from stage to screen and the first of Bob Hope and Bing Crosby's Road to... series in 1940.
From the 1930s to the 1960s in the United States, male comedy duos often appeared in buddy films.

Fry and Laurie

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In the wake of Not the Nine O'Clock News, The Young Ones and the breakthrough onto television of 'alternative comedy' came French and Saunders; Fry and Laurie; Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson; Hale and Pace; and Smith and Jones.
Fry and Laurie are an English comedy double act, mostly active in the 1980s and 1990s.

Hale and Pace

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In the wake of Not the Nine O'Clock News, The Young Ones and the breakthrough onto television of 'alternative comedy' came French and Saunders; Fry and Laurie; Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson; Hale and Pace; and Smith and Jones.
Hale and Pace were an English comedy double-act that performed in clubs and on radio and television in the United Kingdom in the 1980s-1990s.

Mel Brooks

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Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner started their 2000 Year Old Man recordings and subsequent television appearances in 1961.
Kenneth Tynan saw the comedy duo perform at a party in 1959 and wrote that Brooks "was the most original comic improvisor I had ever seen."

Lee and Herring

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Sometimes the straight man gets laughs through sarcastic reactions to the comic's antics, such as Stewart Lee's deadpan, reasoned reactions to Richard Herring's ridiculous antics in their pairing.
Lee and Herring were a British standup comedy double act consisting of the comedians Stewart Lee and Richard Herring.

Peter Cook

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Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the traditional formula was shunned by The Two Ronnies, who completely dispensed with the need for a straight man, and Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, two Oxbridge-educated comedians who used the double act to deliver satire and edgy comedy.
Cook's comedy partnership with Dudley Moore led to Not Only... But Also.

Rik Mayall

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In the wake of Not the Nine O'Clock News, The Young Ones and the breakthrough onto television of 'alternative comedy' came French and Saunders; Fry and Laurie; Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson; Hale and Pace; and Smith and Jones.
Apart from performing in their double act, 20th Century Coyote, Mayall developed solo routines, using characters such as Kevin Turvey and a pompous anarchist poet named Rick.

Punt and Dennis

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The early 1990s saw comedy become "the new rock and roll" in Britain and this was inherent in the work of Newman and Baddiel and Punt and Dennis on The Mary Whitehouse Experience.
Punt and Dennis are a comedy double act consisting of Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis.

Goundamani

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Indian cinema also had its share of the double act, with Tamil cinema comedians Goundamani and Senthil teaming up for several films throughout the decade, similarly Kota Srinivasa Rao and Babu Mohan in Telugu Cinema.
He is known for his comic duo partnership in Tamil films with fellow actor Senthil.

Senthil

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Indian cinema also had its share of the double act, with Tamil cinema comedians Goundamani and Senthil teaming up for several films throughout the decade, similarly Kota Srinivasa Rao and Babu Mohan in Telugu Cinema.
He usually appears in films with Goundamani in a slapstick double act.

Duck Soup (1927 film)

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The pair first worked together as a double act in the 1927 film Duck Soup.
In the next few films, Laurel and Hardy were together as separate performers and not working as a double act, before their potential as a team was used again, notably in Do Detectives Think? (1927), another Hal Roach two-reeler.

Mitchell and Webb

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Mitchell and Webb are another successful double act from the 2000s onwards, having multiple sketch shows on both radio and TV as well as starring in the award winning sitcom Peep Show.
Mitchell and Webb are a British comedy double act, composed of David Mitchell (born 14 July 1974) and Robert Webb (born 29 September 1972).